26 December 2020

Dear Mr Morrison,

I am a friend of the Centre for a Compassionate Society, which is based in the electorate of Melbourne. I live in the electorate of ***. I will be adding my voice to the voices of many others who value compassion, by writing a letter to your government every week until all refugees and asylum-seekers who have been detained on Nauru and in PNG under Operation Sovereign Borders are appropriately re-settled. We also seek humane treatment for refugees and asylum seekers on-shore. We are copying this letter to the Ministers and Shadow Minister for Home Affairs and Immigration, and to our local members of parliament.

As we move into the new year, Australians are hoping that 2021 will allow them to resume the full pursuit of their vocations, connections, and dreams. In this context, would you spare a thought for those refugees and asylum seekers whose lives continue to be on hold as they languish in detention on- and off-shore, or who live with the insecurity of a temporary visa. People like Zaki Haidari, a 25-year-old Afghan refugee, who exists in our community on a TPV – part off the so-called ‘legacy caseload’.https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2020/dec/20/we-are-the-forgotten-people-in-australia-refugee-runs-for-charity
Haidari has set himself the task of running 500km, to raise money to support asylum seekers with their legal challenges, and to draw attention to the plight of so many people trapped in limbo. This young man, 2015 international’s student of the year, feels like one of the “forgotten people”. Fleeing from his homeland after the disappearance of his brother and the kidnapping of his father, this young man still does not feel safe, because your government has not given him permanency.
Prime Minister, how much longer do we have to torture people like Haidari? We urge you to make 2021 a fresh start for your government’s policies on refugees and asylum seekers, such that people like him can settle among us and get on with their lives.
Yours faithfully,

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